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August 29, 2015
Sports
Panthers win regional golf title
Isaac Jay had a three-foot putt for par on his last hole at regional to shoot one of his best scores ever. The Franklin senior badly wanted to sink the putt for a 76, but missed it and settled for ...
May 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS hopes to build momentum
Chase Mallonee hadn’t spent much time thinking about how Tuesday’s game might be his last on the Macon Middle School baseball field. It wasn’t until he was recognized with the seven other Franklin ...
May 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Huge week’ ahead for softball
Add Ashlynn Buchanan to the list. The Franklin junior hit a home run Friday at East Henderson, joining six of her teammates to launch a pitch over the fence. The Panthers have hit 19 home runs this...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers to make final push
What: Last Chance Invitational When: April 30 Where: FHS Girls team totals: 1) Franklin 83, 2) Smoky Mountain 70, 3) Rabun Gap 41, 4) Madison 20, 5) Carolina Day 4. Girls individual results: 100: 5...
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Love of softball carries Carpenter
Jordan Carpenter started playing softball when she was in kindergarten. “I grew up on a softball field,” she said. “I’ve just loved it ever since.” Carpenter, now a senior at Franklin High School, ...
May 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hitting from top of lineup powers baseball to win
Trey Maslin, Ethan Volk and Bryant Godsey are the 1-2-3 hitters in Franklin’s lineup. They all went 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s home game, as did No. 5 hitter Chase Mallonee. Thanks to the production from...
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MMS baseball team moves into 1st place in conference race
In a much awaited game, the Macon Middle School Panthers beat Waynesville Middle by a 9-5 score on Thursday. The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A two-out walk to ...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wallace fights through injuries
The first injury happened in eighth grade while fighting for possession of the basketball. Mariah Wallace, an eighth grader at Macon Middle School at the time, felt her knee strain when an opposing...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Errors ‘snowball’ in blowout loss
The outfielders missed catches. The infielders made poor throws. Franklin’s baseball team committed six errors Tuesday against Pisgah. The Panthers had more miscues than hits (five), leading to a m...
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers slog way to wins
Adverse weather conditions are part of the territory when playing a sport in the spring. Rain and wind are common factors this time of the year, and Franklin’s soccer team has managed to battle thr...
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Agrusa signs with D-I South Carolina school
As a young girl, Vanessa Agrusa always had a basketball in her hand. Although she enjoyed other activities, such as playing volleyball, competing in field events in track and playing drums in the b...
Apr 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS shuts out rival
Lexi Kloeppel and Franklin’s soccer team know that staying calm and composed is crucial when playing conference rival Tuscola. The Panthers managed their emotions as well as they managed playing th...
Apr 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin’s offense heats up in win
Ryan Younce, Chase Mallonee and Ethan Volk each notched a multi-hit game Tuesday. All told, Franklin smacked a season-high 12 hits. It led to a 9-3 victory over visiting Tuscola. The Panthers didn’...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers now in 1st
Halfway through the conference slate, Franklin’s softball team is far from celebrating its position atop the standings. Pisgah suffered its first Western North Carolina Athletic Conference loss Tue...
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Panthers making strides
While it wasn’t a win, it’s a step in the right direction. Franklin’s tennis team (0-9, 0-8 WNC Athletic Conference) is still searching for its first victory. However, the Panthers did manage to wi...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defense carries soccer team
Holly Sapp and Gracie Hornsby used a common word when describing what it’s like to play for Franklin coach Rita Esterwood. That word: respect. “We’ve got all the respect in the world for her,” said...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers coach: ‘In a hot place’
Haeli Bryson has the speed and hitting skills that make her an ideal fit to be a leadoff hitter. The Franklin freshman also has tremendous power, atypical to the top of the lineup. “She’s a little ...
Apr 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS steps onto national stage
Competing at a national cheerleading competition proved to stir many emotions for Franklin’s squad. The Panthers experienced excitement by being on the national stage – the first time the school ha...
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Panthers hand Knights 1st defeat
Competing against ranked teams is becoming routine for Franklin’s softball team. And if the Panthers continue their current direction, they might eventually join the rankings. The Panthers have sho...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Highlight reel plays lead Franklin to wins
A pair of extraordinary plays adorned two victories this week for Franklin’s soccer team. Gracie Hornsby’s throw-in to Holly Sapp helped FHS escape with a 1-0 overtime victory Monday at North Hende...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers take down Smoky
It’s still early in the softball season, but crucial victories are putting Franklin in a good spot for later on. The Panthers downed rival Smoky Mountain 8-2 Friday at home. The Mustangs, a fellow ...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoky Mountain nips Franklin – again
Losing to a rival is always difficult to handle. Losing to a rival repeatedly in very close fashion only makes it worse. “Any time you lose to Smoky it’s sickening,” Franklin baseball coach Ryan Ra...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers split games against ranked foes
Franklin’s softball team nearly took down two giants this week. Playing ranked teams on back-to-back days, the Panthers beat Hiwassee Dam before narrowly losing to Pisgah. FHS (3-3, 1-1 WNC Athleti...
Mar 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers battle Enka to tie
Ties are a thing of the past in conference play, but are still a reality for nonconference soccer games. Neither Franklin nor Enka managed to find the net during Friday’s game in Buncombe County, r...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin senior helps lead hoops team to all-star game win
Vanessa Agrusa averaged 19 points per game for Franklin during her senior season. She surpassed her average in her final high school game. Agrusa, a 5-foot-10 forward, scored 20 points in the Blue-...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Large golf team hits links
Franklin’s golf team is a large and diverse group. That’s all according to plan for second-year coach Greg Partington. The team features 14 players – three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores an...
Mar 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers earn ‘great’ win to start conference; also get revenge
Haeli Bryson had the best game of her young career Monday against Brevard. The Franklin freshman pitched 10 innings and struck out 14 batters. She had three hits and drove in all three runs, includ...
Mar 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agrusa named co-Player of Year
Vanessa Agrusa experienced what she called an “amazing” four-year career playing basketball at Franklin. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward racked up the most starts (111) and most wins (85) in school his...
Mar 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball falls to 0-2 after loss to Roberson
After scoring three runs in three innings, Franklin’s bats went cold. “Offensively, we didn’t show up,” FHS softball coach Adam Tallent said. The Panthers didn’t get any hits in the final four inni...
Mar 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers excited about chances
Between the streaky hot play at the end of last year and the solid results so far this season, the optimism is sky high right now for Franklin’s baseball team. “I think we’re gonna be really good t...
Mar 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers start season with shutouts
Franklin’s abnormally large soccer team is off to a solid start. The Panthers earned two shutout wins this past week, beating Swain County 9-0 and the Asheville Trailblazers 2-0. Holly Sapp scored ...
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball loses season opener at Enka by mercy rule
Franklin’s softball team is slated to begin conference play Friday against Brevard. But before that pivotal game, the Panthers hope the weather cooperates so they can get another nonconference game...
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Large soccer team has big goals
Franklin’s soccer team has won back-to-back conference championships. What are the chances the Panthers make it a three-peat this spring? “I think with the depth that we’ve now got on our roster th...
Mar 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS senior: chemistry really good
Senior Madison Cousineau had been with her softball teammates for one scrimmage and one practice, but she quickly assessed the Franklin squad. “I think that our defense is going to be a lot stronge...
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Mustangs knock out Panthers
The third time is usually a charm. However, Franklin’s girls basketball team was unable to beat Smoky Mountain in the third encounter this season between the rivals. The Mustangs won 62-48 Saturday...
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Poor shooting eliminates boys in 1st round
Down 20 points at halftime, Franklin coach Jesse Pinkston reminded his players of the situation. The No. 22 seed Panthers were playing at No. 11 seed Forest Hills in the first round of the 2-A NCHS...
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coaches work together for athletes’ sake, betterment of 2 programs
Joe Templeton enjoyed playing two sports when he attended Franklin. The 2014 graduate called baseball his primary spring sport, but his jumping prowess in track and field helped him land a scholars...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tipoff on hold: Snow delays state playoffs
First it was the conference tournament. Now it’s the state playoffs. Mother Nature has seemingly turned against basketball. Snow and nasty weather conditions over the past two weeks have wreaked ha...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter weather delays start of spring sports practices for FHS
It wasn’t a complete washout, but it was close. Snow and ice storms, combined with some bitterly cold temperatures, forced the official start of spring sports practices to either be put on hold or ...
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior wins state title to conclude indoor year
Caleb Albrecht already won a state championship last year with his 3,200-meter relay teammates. However, that wasn’t enough for the Franklin senior. “After last year, I was just hungry for more,” A...
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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